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Use assistive technologies

The Library has adjustable tables, screen reader software and computer screen magnification software installed on computers in each building.

Covid-19 update

During the pandemic, both Daley and the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago have two reservable seats each at adjustable tables with computers with assistance software on them (FSReader, JAWS 18.0, Kurzweil, NaturalReader, and ZoomText 11).

If you wish to use Dragon Naturally Speaking, this is currently only installed in the Library of the Health Sciences on computer station 1-C3-180, one of the two reservable seats.

To reserve one of these seats, use our reservation system to first select your desired library as the location, and then  select “Priority Access for Students with Disabilities” as the category. Next click the “Show Availability” button.

If you have any questions about the above, or any other questions or concerns in regards to assistive technology or accessibility at the library, please email the Library Accessibility Committee: lib-access@uic.edu

Note: The information for Daley and LHS-Chicago below reflects offerings and locations from before the pandemic.

Daley Library

There are adjustable computer tables and computers with assistive technology in the IDEA Commons and the classroom (computer lab).

The following software is on all disability access computers in the IDEA Commons (exceptions noted).

  • FSReader – navigation tools for reading (see Start menu in lower left corner).
  • JAWS 18.0 – screen reader software (on computer desktop).
  • Kurzweil and scanner – Text to speech reader software; contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) for log in information (see Start menu in lower left corner).
  • NaturalReader – screen reader software that allows you to listen to text (on computer desktop).
  • ZoomText 11 – text magnification software (on computer desktop).

LHS-Chicago

On the first floor, there are two adjustable height tables with computers with assistive technology software in the computer lab (room 123). There is also one computer that is on a non-adjustable table in the area with the printers.

On the second floor, there is an adjustable height table with a computer located near the bathrooms.

All of these tables are marked with a “Priority Access” sign to indicate that users with accessibility needs should be given priority.

These computers have the following software installed:

  • JAWS 18.0– screen reader software
  • ZoomText 11 – text magnification software
  • Kurzweil 3000– Text to speech reader software; contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) for log in information
  • NaturalReader – screen reader software that allows you to listen to text (on computer desktop).
  • FSReader – navigation tools for reading

Dragon Naturally Speaking is installed on the 2nd floor computer but it is not on the other machines.

A trackball-style mouse is also available for check out at the circulation desk.

Note about the adjustable tables: In room 123 they have a squeeze handle to adjust them underneath the right side of the table, and on the second floor the table has buttons to adjust its height.

LHS-Peoria

Computers in Library Learning Lab include these tools:

  • NaturalReader – screen reader software
  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking – speech recognition
  • Kurzweil
  • ZoomText – text magnification software

LHS-Rockford

The Library of the Health Sciences-Rockford has a computer with a large monitor in the Dean’s Lab.

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